Eyal Crossing, Irtah (Sha'ar Efrayim), Fri 26.10.12, Morning

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Leora Shamir, Annelien Kisch (reporting)




Irtah, Dawn shift 


5.00     As we had an appointment on this day with Yiftach Elad, the manager of the terminal we were at Irtah perfectly on time.  Although I realized it was “Eid al Adha”or ”Feast of the Sacrifice”I hoped the secular laborers would be able to go to their workplaces, this Friday-morning if they choose so. But the ministry of defense ”dances on two weddings” and closes the border-passages not only on Jewish holidays but takes advantage for an extra vacation-day for the workers of the terminal on Muslim feasts as well. In other words, we were not the only sacrifices on the altar of the Occupation {J} and rose so early for nothing: terminal closed, andno manager either.      

We went to look if the area at the Palestinian entrance was taken care of and noticed that it was clean this time.         

The silence that prevailed in the area was a few minutes later only broken by the call of the muezzin we could hear coming from the minaret far away.             

This time no one of the IDF-personnel came to check on us, although very likely someone from the nearby watchtower, overseeing the whole area, must have spotted us there.

We drove to the - also closed- terminal Eyal to try to see if there is progress with the expansion of this terminal, but could only see that the bare electricity cables we saw last time had now disappeared [/were connected.?]. Maybe next time we can get more information about this.